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Tips To Save Money While Traveling

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Whether you’re location independent, a digital nomad or just an avid traveler, sticking to a budget is something that inevitably comes up when you’re on the road. No matter who we are, we want to be able to have memorable and meaningful experiences without breaking the bank. So it’s time to share three tips to help you save money while you’re traveling long-term.

Shop At Local Markets — Less Eating Out, More Cooking

Let’s be honest, the culinary experience in new countries is something that always draws people in but every now and again, eating out 24/7 can add up. One of our suggestions to both dive into the local culture as well save a few extra dollars is by cooking local cuisine at home. In Javea, we find that people love heading to the local market on Thursdays or heading to the town of Jesus Pobre on Sundays to buy fresh, local ingredients and then spend time cooking together and creating great communal meals and tapas to share.

 

Find Affordable Accommodation

When you’re constantly on the road, where you stay might be one of the most important deciding factors when thinking about what city to visit next. When you’re looking to settle down in a place for a few weeks or a month, odds are, you’ll want to skip a typical hotel experience. One of the best options for long-term stay is finding a coliving space.

Why is that?

Because not only are you able to share a space and experiences with like-minded individuals but you also have the chance to work where you’re living as well. So, you’re killing two birds with one stone as you engage with a new community while also saving time, energy and money on searching for cafes to work from with reliable internet.

 

Explore The Area On Foot or By Bike

One way to skip the additional prices of public transportation or renting a car is by taking time to explore the town that you’re staying at on foot or by bike. At Sun and Co. we have bikes available to move around town and it’s the perfect way to experience the most of the city while also getting in a bit of exercise. While renting a car is a great alternative for day trips and exploring more of the larger surrounding area, just taking a couple of hours out of your day to go for a walk is a great way to save money on tours or transportation while still getting to see the town.

 

These are just a few tips we have on how to save money when you’re a long-term traveler or someone who is location independent and often on the road. We’d love to hear what other suggestions you have!

 

Meet The Sun and Co. Team: Hayley

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Next up in our Meet the Team series is Hayley! Hayley runs all of the visual content here and Sun and Co. and it’s time to get to know her a bit better!

It’s time to get to know Hayley!

 

Tell us a bit about you!

I’m 26 years old, originally from the Isle of Wight, England but I grew up here in Javea up until the age of 18 when I decided to experience city life in London for several years. From a young age, I was fascinated with cameras and exploring in nature with my family, with my first ever salary I spent it all on a camera and a large supply of film and study film and photography in London. After deciding to make a choice of leaving a secure monthly salary to pursue something I’ve always been passionate about, I looked at making my life remote… That’s when I discovered Sun and Co, here in my hometown and started towards turning my dream into reality!

I am someone who finds change very exciting, I love to meet new people and learning new things from others. I have a massive appetite for Mediterranean food and good home cooked roast dinner!

What do you at Sun and Co?

I’ve been at Sun and Co since February 2017 managing their Instagram account and visual content creation. Being present for skillshares, activities in the house as well as joining Colivers in the outdoor activities which brings me closer to the people staying with us. 

Outside of work, what do you love to do?

Outside of work I really love to be outside in wide open spaces 😀 I really enjoy exploring new places and hiking with my camera and friends, traveling to adventurous places and cooking or just pottering around my garden.

If you had to describe coliving in one word, what would it be?  

Connected

What do you think makes Sun and Co. so special?

The people

What is one piece of advice you’d give to someone looking to become location independent?

Don’t fear the change, it’s a very exciting part of the process

What is your favorite thing about Javea?

The landscapes

Biggest surprise since joining the Sun and Co. team?

How much I’ve learnt from those who have come to stay at Sun and Co.

Quick round off:

Favorite place you’ve ever traveled to: Iceland

Beach or mountain: Mountain

Carry-on or big suitcase: Carry-on

Coffee or tea: Uuff! Difficult choice, coffee in the summer, tea in the winter

Summer or winter: Both 🙂

3 Most Used Apps: Planoly, Lightroom & Asana

Favorite Song at the moment: Waterfall – Vok

Awesome! We hope you enjoyed getting to know Hayley a bit better. Just in case you missed it, check out our blog post with the Sun and Co. founder Edu here!

3 Ways To Avoid Burnout As An Entrepreneur

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When it comes to entrepreneurship, being a remote worker or even managing your own schedule, the topic of stress is inevitable. Many people idolize moguls who are always working harder or continuously “hustling” but that often comes with a price. As society becomes a bit more transparent about what goes on behind the scenes, there are constant stories of burnout and breakdown when people try to do it all, all of the time.

In the Inc. article on The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship, Jessica Bruder speaks on how many entrepreneurs often deal with anxiety and intense stress while failing to take into account the importance of self-care. While this may ring true for many, there are also those out there with an increasing focus on avoiding burnout all together and managing stress levels.

It’s easy to always be “on” while caught up in our professional lives, forgetting the importance of our personal health. While productivity and growth as a self-starter are highly valued, we’re going to share some tips on how to do less and give more without burning out in the process.

Let’s Talk About Avoiding Burnout

Remember To Move

It’s easy to create the excuse that we don’t have time to work out or be active because we have too much to do. But, did you know that exercise is considered vital for mental fitness as well as reducing stress? It doesn’t just help with our physicality, but it also allows for us to be more alert, concentrated and it also reduces fatigue.  

Moving doesn’t need to be confined to the treadmill or a CrossFit class, but being able to take hikes in the mountains, take a bike ride or simply going for a walk can help our mental and physical states.

 

Don’t Be Afraid To Delegate

When you’re running your own business or schedule, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and like your to-do list is neverending. While this might be true, it’s important to remember that you can’t do everything, all of the time. When you invest in delegating tasks to other people on your team, freelancers or remote workers; it allows for you to take time and energy to focus on what actually matters to move forward.

 

Take a Workation

While the thought of taking an “actual vacation” is something that seems unattainable for people running their own businesses or working remotely, the benefits of exploring a new place are endless. Taking a workation is a happy medium when you’re able to escape to focus on a big project while also being able to enjoy new surroundings.

We find that many people who come to Sun and Co. look to do just that. They are longing for a sense of escape while still having a desire to make meaningful progress in their business or an upcoming project. When you’re able to change where you are, it allows for a sense of inspiration and the perfect solution to avoid feeling as if you’re burning out.

 

These are just a few ways to try to avoid burnout as an entrepreneur, remote worker or someone who manages their own schedule.

What practices do you have in play to avoid burnout on a daily basis?

Meet The Team: Edu

Meet The Sun and Co. Team: Edu

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We’re so excited to announce that over the next couple of months, we’re going to be introducing to people who play a huge part at Sun and Co., our team! Whether you’re already part of the Sun and Co. family or you’ve been waiting to visit us, we’re thrilled to show you a different side of who we are. With these interviews, you’ll get a snapshot of who we are, what we love and why we’re so obsessed with the co-living and location independent movements!

First up… our amazing Sun and Co.founder, Edu!

Meet The Team: Edu

Tell us a bit about you!

Hi! My name is Edu 🙂 I am actually a local, born in Javea in 1985. Sun and Co. is located in a 19th-century old house which belonged to my grandparents. Two years ago I decided to transform it into the home for location independent workers and here we are now!

What do you at Sun and Co?

Both Jon and I are co-founders of Sun and Co. My task right now is to develop new business ideas based on the existing community of digital nomads and entrepreneurs around Sun and Co. and coordinate our team of five to create an amazing personal and professional experience for our guests.

Outside of work, what do you love to do?

Hiking and wild camping are what I try to do every time I can, especially if abroad. Owning a campervan is a long-pursued dream which I hope to achieve soon and make it a nice basecamp for some hiking adventures. I also recently got my sailing license and joined a sailing club, so hopefully, soon enough you’ll also find me on a boat 🙂 I am not fully nomadic but I try to be really mobile!

Meet The Team: Edu

If you had to describe coliving in one word, what would it be?  

Sharing.

What do you think makes Sun and Co. so special?

The amazing quality of the guests. I honestly feel every day I receive back more than what I give to them. They have an amazing ability to teach me new ideas and ways of thinking and that’s something that everyone in the house can experience.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to someone looking to become location independent?

I would just remind them that being rootless can also be difficult. It is important to look after the people you leave at home, take care of them and dedicate time to your good friends.

What is your favorite thing about Javea?

The quiet pace which allows me to focus and be productive. That and a glass of wine during sunset at the Lighthouse 🙂

Biggest surprise since joining the Sun and Co. team?

The huge amount of people and companies embracing the remote work culture so quickly.

Quick round off:

Favorite place you’ve ever traveled: Torres del Paine, Chile

Beach or mountain: Mountains, the higher the better

Carry-on or big suitcase: Backpack!

Coffee or tea: Café con leche by the sea

Summer or winter: Spanish summer and German winter

3 Most Used Apps: Asana, Coinbase and Freeletics.

Favorite Song at the moment: Anything from the Black Keys

Thanks for tuning in! Hopefully, you liked getting to know our founder a bit more! Keep an eye out over the next couple of weeks to continue meeting the rest of our team! 

What To Do In Javea: 3 Ways To Disconnect

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When you’re looking for your next destination, the town that you’re headed to is just as important as where you’ll be staying. When researching where to visit next, odds are, you spend hours on the internet looking to find all there is to do and see. Javea is one of the towns that is a must while in Spain, not just because of the community and connection that we have here at Sun and Co. but for all of the beauty that the coastal paradise has to offer. If you’re looking for what to do while in Javea, keep reading.

We’ve heard time and time again that Javea is everyone’s favorite getaway where they can go to be productive, relax and disconnect from the intensity and mundane routine of everyday life. While there is an array of things you can do in Javea, Spain, we’re going to share three things you can do if you’re looking to relax a bit more while you’re here.

Indulge at La Siesta

La Siesta Javea is one of our favorite places in town because you’re able to have an island like experience on the coast of Spain. The restaurant is right on the water and it has more than just good food, but also an amazing ambiance. You’ll feel as if you’re transported to another world as you listen to the sea with music is playing in the background, all over a good meal or drink. With an extensive menu and friendly hosts, you’ll be sure to find yourself always wanting to come back for more. Whether you head there with a group of friends or by yourself, it’s the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy the views.

 

Get Pampered at Daly Bioty Estetica

Daly Bioty Estetica is a hammam and spa that is located close to the Javea port. If you’re looking for somewhere to be pampered and disconnect, this is for you. You have the options of getting a spa treatment, massage, exfoliations, and even feeling cleansed in the steam room. With reasonable prices, you can make a day out of it and really feel like royalty at a reasonable price.

 

Watch The Sunset From a Lighthouse

For many of the people in our community, the best way to disconnect is by being out in nature. Luckily, Javea is a town that has the perfect balance of mountain and sea, allowing for beautiful hikes with breathtaking views. If you’ve ever been to Javea, odds are, at night you can see the light from the lighthouse illuminating the sea but did you know that you can also hike to the location.

We recommend taking an evening to hike up to Faro Cabo San Antonio to watch the sunset. The hike can take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours but it’s worth it. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the fresh air, slow down and take in the views from the top.

Have you ever been to Javea before? What’s your favorite way to disconnect while here?

How To Tell That You’re Ready To Be Location Independent

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Let’s take a second to start with the basics.

What does it actually mean to be location independent?

It’s a term that has been moving around for a few years as we notice work dynamics changing and more people being able to escape the traditional office culture, being location independent is more and more common.

With people being able to earn a living from anywhere in the world, as long as they have internet access and a laptop, it allows for endless possibilities. Location independence doesn’t mean that you have to be moving from country to country every month, but it does mean that you have a sense of freedom and choice in where you call “home.”

As this movement is on the rise, many people are trying to decide if being location independent is the right fit for them. Here are three ways to know that you’re ready to start the journey.

You Care More About Experiences Than Material Things

We’ve been noticing a trend that more and more, people are focusing less on what they own and more on what experiences they’re having. While some of our society focuses on having a fancy car, big house and all of the latest technology, there are many people out there who would rather invest their money and energy into having unforgettable experiences.

People who are willing to be location independent are open and willing to live with less stuff and get rid of the unnecessary to live a more mobile lifestyle. So whether it’s moving to a new country for a year or backpacking through South America for three months, the time and devotion is shifted towards dedicating their money to travel and new experiences versus having more material objects.

 

You’re Willing To Be Patient With The Process

For most people, becoming 100% location independent is a process that often takes time getting used to. Of course, there are some hardships like leaving friends, family and your comfort zone behind but there are also endless benefits. If you’re willing to be patient with your process towards being able to live and work from wherever you want, then it might be the perfect next step for you.

It takes time to try out different things and places to see where the perfect fit is but when you have the right systems in place, you’ll be able to handle your new lifestyle with ease.

 

You Want To Live A Life That You’re Proud Of

This might be one of the most important ways to know that you’re ready to be location independent. Some people might strive to be location independent so that they can be like the people always sharing the perfect shot of a drink on the beach with their laptop but it’s more than that. Being location independent means that you’re able to create a life with a sense of freedom that you’re proud of. It means that you’re able to focus on the things that bring you joy and you’re willing to learn a lot about yourself in the process.

 

Have you ever thought about being location independent? We’d love to hear from you!

How To Create Meaningful Relationships While On The Road

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We’ve all heard the saying that we’re the average of the 5 people that we spend the most time with. That saying holds a lot of weight as that the people that we surround ourselves with has an effect on the actions we’re willing to take, our confidence and what we believe we’re willing to accomplish.

When you’re constantly on the road or moving from place to place, sometimes it might be hard to find or foster meaningful relationships with others. Most of the time we have surface level interactions before moving on to our next destination but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Taking the time to create meaningful relationships while on the road is vital. We’ve gotten to experience firsthand the way that deep relationships not only help people feel as if they have a great sense of community, but it also leads to success.

When you’re a part of a Coliving community, you really learn the impact that creating meaningful relationships in a short period of time can bring and we’re going to dive into three ways to do just that.

Get To Know People Outside of Just What They Do

Being able to ask someone about their profession and latest project that they’re working on is easy but it can create a feeling that you’re only interested in connecting on a professional level instead of actually getting to know who they are as a person. Normally, when we’re getting to know many people in a short amount of time, the most common topics that come up are where they’re from and what they do… and then if there are any similarities, the conversation continues.

But imagine what it would look like if instead, you were able to cut the small talk and dive right into what really matters. When you get to know the things that people truly value and what they believe in, it creates a much stronger bond than what you can find on their LinkedIn profile.

When you share a house with other people, you find that it isn’t just working and collaborating together on a professional level but also finding yourself in situations like cooking together or sharing a beer in the evening that opens doors for a real connection.

 

Remember The Importance Community Over Competition 

We live in a time where it feels like there are so many businesses and ideas out there and the competition is tough. But, instead of feeling as if everyone you meet is competition, instead think of them as your professional community because we can go so much further together than if we were on our own.

We’ve seen people come together and leave Sun and Co. with new business partners, professional accountability partners and even hiring one another to help with growth. You want to work with people that you really connect with so being able to ignite a meaningful relationship doesn’t just mean that you might make a new friend, but it can also help lead to success. When we’re open to supporting one another both personally and professionally, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

 

Be Vulnerable

Vulnerability is a touchy topic. Often times, we need to know someone for a long amount of time to open up and truly be vulnerable with them but when that happens towards the beginning of a new relationship or friendship, it’s invaluable. One of the most powerful moments that we’ve had is when we hosted a “Lessons and Learnings” bonfire where for four hours, people who were “strangers” earlier that day, opened up in a way you couldn’t imagine. An immediate sense of community was shared as we all spoke about the hardships that they’ve gone through in life and the lessons that they’ve learned from it. Seeing people from all over the world with different backgrounds and experiences share moments like that, broke down all barriers. When you open up about who you are and your true journey, not just the highlights on social media, it allows for a much deeper sense of connection that you can ever imagine.

These are just three ways to make sure that you’re fostering meaningful relationships while on the road but we’d love to hear more about how you do it. Feel free to email us letting us know what you think and if you’re ready to find meaningful relationships here at Sun and Co., our house is always open to you!

3 Out Of The Box Benefits Of Remote Work

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What would life look like if I could work from anywhere in the world?

When thinking about if remote work is a right fit, this is a question that many people find themselves asking. When looking to create a work life without the confines of an office, there are pros and cons. Although transitioning to be location independent and working remotely, it’s a process that takes time but once you’ve got the hang of it, the benefits can be endless.

So, whether you’re trying to become a location independent entrepreneur or convince your boss to modify your current situation to work remotely, here are some out of the box benefits of remote work!

You Can Create A Schedule That Adapts To Your Needs

How often do you find yourself in the office feeling like all of your time is spent doing reactive work for your team or in meetings that last just a bit too long? When you work a 9 to 5, it might be a little harder to focus and get the major work done that you need to because you’re on the schedule of other people. But, when you work remotely, you’ll be able to create a schedule that adapts to your needs and fits the lifestyle that you want to be living. Of course, creating your own schedule might lead to working a little too much, but you have the option of figuring out your optimal working hours. Getting big tasks done on your own time, while still crafting out a few hours daily to do things that you love.

You Can Cut Down On Costs While Seeing The World

Being location independent gives you the liberty to see the world and to save money while doing so. Of course, working remotely doesn’t mean that you have to be a jet-setter on the move all the time but it’s true that you can save money while being location independent. Think about it. Would you rather pay $2,000 a month for rent in San Francisco or take the $2,000 to live on the coast of Spain for 3 months?

Working remotely creates the opportunity to cut costs on things like expensive city living, transportation and more to dedicate those funds to having more experiences and seeing new places all over the world.

You Can Create Professional Connections and Community

How can remote work lead to connections and community? Of course, the day to day of remote work can be extremely lonely but here at Sun and Co., over the years we’ve found that when you find the right connections, it has endless benefits. The location-independent workers who join us in Javea always end of leaving the house feeling like family, having created personal and professional connections that last a lifetime. Sun and Co. livers have met up all over the world, become best friends, started business ventures together and even become professional accountability partners.

Of course, there are endless benefits to working remotely as well as things it takes time getting used to because life isn’t always what it seems (on Instagram) but if you’re ever interested in getting a taste, feel free to reach out or visit us at Sun and Co. to get a taste!

 

Digital Nomad? Here Are The Productivity Apps You Need

Digital Nomad? Here Are The Productivity Apps You Need!

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As a digital nomad, you’ll find that being productive while on the road can sometimes be difficult. From changing time zones to wanting to explore your new “home,” when it comes down to actually getting work done, things can be harder than expected.

Not to worry, being a remote worker you’ll learn that keeping track with your team, clients and to-do lists is pretty easy if you have the right tools.

Here are 5 productivity apps every digital nomad or remote worker needs while traveling the world.

Digital Nomad? Here Are The Productivity Apps You Need

Asana

Asana is an amazing project management tool that keeps you up-to-date with all of the latest things happening in the company you work for or for your own business. Not only that but it’s an efficient way to keep your co-workers or employees accountable, no matter where you are in the world. With calendars and a way to track project progress, you’ll be sure to keep on top of all of your work while still traveling the globe and enjoying your time doing so.

Not to mention, you can have the app downloaded on your phone but try to turn off the notifications while you’re on the beach! It’s all about learning how to #worksmarterlivebetter right?

Momentum

Momentum is an amazing Chrome extension that really helps sets you up for the day and inspires you at the same time. Whenever you open a new tab, it shows you the time, a personalized message, a place where you can share your main focus for the day and an inspirational quote at the bottom.

Not only that, but you’re able to input your to-do list for the day and check it off as you go and the extension also shows you the weather, wherever you are.

Headspace

Productivity isn’t just about putting the pen to the paper but it’s also about making sure that you feel centered. As a digital nomad or remote worker, sometimes staying centered can be a bit tricky but Headspace is an amazing app that helps you focus on just that. Even if you think you aren’t into meditation, it’s worth a try. All you need is a few minutes each day to take time out and be still and odds are, when you get back to work afterward, you’ll be more balanced and focused.

Digital Nomad - Productivity Apps

Toggl

When it comes to productivity and time tracking, Toggl is one app that you need to know. It’s the perfect way to see how much time you’re dedicating to certain clients and projects, while also making sure that when you’re working… you’re actually working. It’s so easy to get caught up in multi-tasking but with Toggl it really makes you focus on one thing at a time.

Workfrom

Workfrom is the perfect app for when you’re traveling because it breaks down the best coffee shops, bards, co-working spaces and places with WIFI all over the world. With almost 2,000 cities in its database, it’s the best place to scope out where you need to be so that you can be connected and productive all at a high speed.

 

There you have it! Here are some great apps that you can use to make sure that you’re productive while traveling on the word. Time to get to work!

 

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